Trinity Career Development Center Hosts ‘Career Treks’ to Boston and New York City

Participating Students Explore Fields of Real Estate and Finance during Break from Classes

​Hartford, Connecticut, March 6, 2018—Thirty Trinity College students recently participated in “Career Treks” offered by the Career Development Center during the mid-semester study period called Trinity Days. The free trips to Boston and New York City were hosted by Trinity alumni in various professional fields. Director of Career Development Joseph Catrino said, “The treks are industry-specific trips and provide networking opportunities with Trinity alumni. Students gain access to information about the industry, advice about job searching, and tips for networking.”

​Students on the Career Trek in Boston (above) visited a construction site (below) to see real estate development in action.

Assistant Director of Strategic Partnerships and Outreach Severn Sandt worked with Vice President of Brokerage for Boston Properties David Provost ’88 to organize a day to give Trinity students a taste of the real estate world in Boston. During the February 20 trek, 14 students were able to meet a panel of young Trinity alumni: Alison Powers ’07 of CBRE, Colin Coughlin ’14 of Transwestern, and Ian Pickrell ’14 of Wayfair. “We wanted students to understand the structure of the business and where they might fit in,” Sandt said. Following the panel, more alumni joined the trek to have lunch with the students and discuss their experiences further in a more informal setting.

Later in the day, students heard from another panel of alumni who focused on not only their own experiences, but also how they see the future of the real estate industry. Participating students visited a construction site of Boston Properties to see real estate development in action. The last stop of the day was to meet Charles Leatherbee ’98, who majored in engineering at Trinity and works for Skanska USA Commercial Development as development director. Gabrielle McGovern ’20 said, “I went on the trek because I’ve always had a keen interest in real estate and hope to become an architect and/or pursue a career in residential real estate development and restoration in the urban setting. Personally, the highlight of my trip was visiting the build site and meeting with the project managers and engineers.”

Students on the Career Trek in New York met with an alumnus and a Trinity parent at Barclays.
The same day, a separate group of 16 students traveled to New York City to explore the field of finance. This trek was geared primarily toward first-year and sophomore students who may be interested in securing internships in the field prior to graduation. The students went to Barclays to meet with Sebastian Broustra ’17 and Keith Mackie P’17, ’19, who is the parent of two Trinity students, to learn about the company and what it is like to work there. Following lunch, students got the chance to hear from more alumni pursuing careers in the financial sector. The day ended with a visit to Sperry Mitchell Co., an investment bank, to hear from Paul Sperry ’80.

Bryce Grundy ’20 had been looking forward to learning more about Sperry’s perspective on investment banking and the financial climate. Grundy said, “I went on the trek because I wanted to get firsthand exposure of what an investment banker does on a day-to-day basis, as well as to hear their stories of how they got to where they are.”

Thomas Peduto ’21 joined Trinity’s Investment Club last fall and has been learning about the importance of networking. “I decided to go on this trek to see if I could see myself in the investment world,” Peduto said. “My favorite part about the trek was meeting with alumni who are immensely supportive of current Trinity students.”

In the past, Career Treks have taken students into the Hartford community to explore the fields of law and nonprofits and to Washington, D.C., to explore the fields of government and public policy. In the future, the Career Development Center hopes to offer trips during the January break and expand the geographic reach of the program to take students to cities such as San Francisco and Chicago.

Written by Sophia Gourley ’19